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WICKFORD- Studio 460 Gallery is breaking into the art industry in a big way by hosting events and featuring unique art by talented artists.
It all started in October with the West Bay Open Studio tour, when, according to owner Henry Gauthier, the studio broke ground.
Recently people filled the gallery when Newcomers and Neighbors of North Kingstown presented the annual fundraiser to support the North Kingstown Food Pantry and Studio 460 proudly hosted the event. Cars lined the street to attend the event that offered food and refreshments along with a chance to donate and win pieces of art from several artists featured at the gallery, Â
Gauthier, an accomplished artist himself, opened his doors from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. to nearly 100 people for the fundraiser, allowing attendees to browse through the four rooms of the gallery including his own working studio, and enjoy the warm weather from tables outside. Â The generous contributors at the event Â raised $3,500, making the night a success. Â
âItâs great; it shows the local support for the North Kingstown Food Pantry,â said Gauthier.
Studio 460 opened October 2013, and since has been home to work by local artists and Gauthierâs sculptures. Artists featured at the gallery include Guy Cassaday, Michele Leavitt, Robin Grace and Lorena Pugh, among others. Â Their pieces consist of paintings, photography, fine crafted furniture and other creative works.
Attendees of the fundraiser had a chance to win 18 different pieces from select artists with a $25 donation, earning them five raffle tickets that were drawn around 7:30 p.m. Participants also had the chance to view the art currently featured and experience what else the gallery has to offer. Â Â
Gauthierâs work, one of which received a National Award at the Providence Art Club Nationwide All Media Open Juried Exhibition 2014, is featured in the main room of the gallery and includes multiple found objects put together to form one structurally unique piece. Â The pieces have a sailing inspired theme, perfectly representing Gauthierâs love for the bay and boating. His career started with architectural woodworking, but after retiring he started creating his wood sculptures and has done an impressive job doing so. Â
âMy career as a sculptor has just begun and I am gratified by the emotional reaction my art seems to evoke,âsaid Gauthier in his biography from studio460gallery.com.
Studio 460 consists of four rooms, the main gallery, the court side gallery, Gauthierâs working studio and the found objects room that features a variety of objects Gauthier uses to create his distinct sculptures. Gauthier also uses his found objects to work with people who bring in personal items that they want to turn into a piece. Â Together, Gauthier and the customer have a chance to build a sculpture that represents more than just art.
âThe idea is you come in to me and we do a collaborative piece,â said Gauthier. âIt gives things significance and thatâs important.â
These collaborative pieces are just one of the many things Studio 460 can provide to art-lovers. Gauthier constructs sculptures all with a specific purpose in mind such as his desktop pieces âComming Homeâ constructed with an old bullet, and âFirst Dateâ made for an office environment. After completing his first 12 sculptures, Gauthier took a photograph that hangs in his working studio of all of the pieces together, now titled âThe First 12.â
Other art featured at the gallery is photography by Nancy Nielson, photos taken from unique angles and perspectives so that they resemble paintings, drawings of automobiles done by Guy Cassaday, acrylic paintings by M.A. Podolak and much more.
The gallery is still accepting contributions to the North Kingstown Food Pantry andÂ is currently open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Â Studio 460 is located at 460 Tower Hill Road, Wickford. Â